Oakland City, IN. – The Alice Lloyd College Eagle’s baseball team traveled to Oakland City, Indiana to participate in the NCCAA Mideast Regional Tournament. The double-elimination format would determine the regional representative to the NCCAA Baseball World Series.
Johnson Royals- 21; ALC-5
The 5th seeded Royals played one of their best games this season while the 4th seeded Eagles were their own worst enemy in the opener.
JU stuck early and pulled out to a quick 2-0 lead in the second. They would score both runs with two outs, aided by 2 Eagle errors.
Unfortunately, things could not have played out worse for the Eagles as Johnson would next score 6 runs in the top of third inning, fueled by 1 error and 4 hits, including a big double.
The Royals would later add 1 run in the fourth, 1 more in the sixth, and 2 in the seventh to lead 12-0.
Alice Lloyd would score all of their runs in the bottom of the seventh. They would knock 3 hits and see JU commit 2 errors to help their cause, and slice the score to 12-5.
Any thoughts the Eagles had of making a big comeback were dashed in the ninth inning as JU went wild, producing 9 runs on 8 hits to remove any game-ending drama.
On the mound, Dylyn Brown suffered the loss for Alice Lloyd. He went 2.2 innings, allowing 8 runs on 6 hits while striking out a pair of batters. Four other pitchers made appearances in the contest.
Juan Lander led ALC, going 2-5 at the plate. His squad was outhit 19-6.
The Eagles hurt themselves immensely by committing 7 costly errors that helped the game get out of hand early.
Hiwassee Tigers-6; ALC-3
ALC played well and led most of the way before faltering late to the 2nd seeded Tigers.
The Eagles scored the first run of the game in the third when Bryce Tucker had a double and was later driven in by Juan Lander’s hit.
ALC added to their lead in the sixth when Peyton Buford reached base. Later in the inning, Garrett Gay slammed a huge homerun. Suddenly, the visitors led 3-0.
However, in the bottom of the inning, Hiwassee responded with 2 runs of their own. Entering the seventh, the Eagles still led, 3-2.
After a scoreless trip for Alice Lloyd, the Tigers roared once more in the seventh. They would produce 4 huge runs, with the big blow being a 3-run blast from Tyler Hisey, to pull ahead, 6-3.
Both squads went scoreless in the eighth. Unfortunately, although they had runners on base in the decisive ninth inning, Alice Lloyd was unable to add any more runs to force extra innings.
Buford led the Eagles with 2 hits on the day while Gay (2) and Lander (1) provided the RBI’s.
On the mound, Chance Cornett started the game for ALC. He went eight and two-thirds innings, allowing 6 runs on 8 hits and striking out 8. Jacob Banks finished the contest, allowing 0 hits in 1.1 innings of work.
HC outhit the Eagles 8-6.